Sunday, April 24, 2005

1500 HK people protest over China interpretation of Basic Law

UPDATE: After the head shaved off by the members of Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) last Thursday, this Sunday the Civil Human Rights Front organized a 1500 protesters marched through the Central and shopping malls to protest over the National People Council (NPC) of China to interprete the Basic Law.

Most of the protesters followed the calls by the organizer by wore the black shirt to protest the thrid time of the interpretation of Basic Laws since the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Chinese. They lost the confident with the high degree of the autonomy and the rule of law in Hong Kong. They brought the baloons in black to show the death of the rule of law.

For our readers information, I had picked the article from the Reuters,

The controversy erupted last month after unpopular Hong Kong leader Tung
suddenly resigned, citing health reasons.

Although the city's constitution says any chief executive should
serve five years, Beijing has said Tung's successor will serve just the two
years remaining in Tung's term, until mid-2007.

Sources say interim leader Donald Tsang has secured Beijing's assurance
that a China-appointed panel will select him for the post in a limited election
on July 10, but Chinese officials want to limit him to a two-year term to test
his loyalties.

Critics, however, have quickly accused Beijing of trying to bend the
constitution and two people have challenged the decision in court, sparking
fears that the July selection might be derailed and result in a political

The government, which says it fears it would take too long for
the lawsuits to wind their way through the courts, has asked China's parliament
for a definitive interpretation of the term of office of the next leader.

Once again, the democratic movement in Hong Kong faces the challenge on how to move to the next step as the interpretation already been carried this afternoon in Beijing. Ast the interim Chief Executive, Donald Tsang has a very high popularity among the people, the democrats in Hong Kong seems lost their target like Tung before.

How about the civil society? Any further action by the Civil Human Rights Front after the turnout of the protester was not that encouraging compare to the previous mobilization? Let's us work closely with our members in HKFS to find out a way out from the bottom neck!